Littleton Public Schools

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Littleton Public Schools
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Littleton, Colorado
Motto Big enough to serve you; small enough to know you
Founded 1889
Superintendent Brian Ewert
Enrollment 15,445[1] (2012-13 school year)
Area Littleton, Centennial, and portions of Greenwood Village, Columbine, Bow Mar, and Englewood[2]

Littleton Public Schools (aka Arapahoe County School District No. 6 or LPS) is a school district in Littleton, Colorado which serves several communities within the southern Denver metropolitan area. It is governed by a five-member Board of Education, and administered by a superintendent and four executives.[3] Its headquarters, the Education Services Center, is located in Downtown Littleton. It is the fifteenth largest school district in Colorado.[4] LPS operates 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, several alternative programs, a preschool, and two charter schools.

Steve Spangler, known for his experiments on local TV station 9news, previously acted as a science consultant for the school district. His experience helped students to get motivated and more interested in the hands-on aspects of science.


In 1889, Littleton Public Schools (then Littleton School District Six) was officially incorporated with the State of Colorado. It was established in the fall of 1864 when residents of the South Platte Valley voted to establish a public school district, the boundaries of which extended from what is now Sheridan Boulevard thirty miles east to the Kansas territorial line.[5] The first president of the school district was Lewis B. Ames, for whom an elementary school and administrative building are now named. In the winter of 1864, construction of the first school, a log cabin, was completed. In 1868, Littleton's second school, a frame building, was erected on the Lilley Ranch west of the Platte River. In 1873 the Rapp Avenue School was built, a one-room, brick structure with one teacher and 70 students. Littleton Public Schools then grew exponentially, experiencing the most growth during the "baby boom" era. Most LPS schools were built between 1950 and the late 1970s.


LPS is the only school district in the Denver Metro Area that is "Accredited With Distinction" by the Colorado Department of Education.[6] It is one of very few schools to have maintained this level of accreditation since the inception of this rating system. All three LPS high schools have been featured in US News' "Best High Schools", Newsweek magazine’s "Top High Schools in America" and 528 magazine’s "Top High Schools in Denver."[7] LPS has the lowest dropout rate and highest graduation rate of any school district in the Denver Metro Area.[8] In 2013, Security Magazine ranked LPS 11th best in the nation for school security.[9]


Elementary schools[edit]

  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School web site
  • Carl Sandburg Elementary School web site
  • Centennial Academy of Fine Arts Education web site
  • Damon Runyon Elementary School web site
  • East Elementary School web site
  • Eugune Field International Baccalaureate Elementary School web site
  • Highland Elementary School web site
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School web site
  • Lewis Ames Elementary School web site
  • Lois Lenski Elementary School web site
  • Mark Hopkins Elementary School web site
  • Mark Twain Elementary School web site
  • Peabody Elementary School web site
  • Ralph Moody Elementary School web site
  • The Village for Childhood Education (students ages 3–5) web site

Middle schools[edit]

There are four traditional middle schools in Littleton Public Schools and one alternative middle school, serving grades seven through nine:

High schools[edit]

All LPS high schools offer a wide range of Honors and AP courses. In addition, Littleton High School is an International Baccalaureate World School.[10]

Charter schools[edit]

  • Littleton Academy Public Charter School web site
  • Littleton Preparatory Charter School web site

Alternative programs[edit]

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